Reading Update #2

Another week, another reading update! It’s time for me to update all you book-lovers on how I am getting on with my TBR goals!

Keeping in mind my monthly TBR, I think I am doing fairly well for a change. Normally I completely go off on my own tangent, and barely read any of my planned monthly reads. This month…I’ve smash it!

Books I’ve managed to finish from my TBR

As you know from last weeks reading update I have already finished Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, but since I last updated you all I have managed to read Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Master of Sorrows by Justin Call, China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski, and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – which I will be posting a review for tomorrow (So stay tuned for that!).

Not on the TBR books I’ve finished

Today, as I am posting this I realise that I have completed my monthly TBR [gasps in shock!]. I have also managed to read In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire which is the fourth installment of novellas in the Wayward Children series. I love this series and since it’s so small couldn’t resist reading it!

What I’m planning to read next?

Since I don’t have anymore ‘structured reads’ this month I wanted to go onto some books that are sitting on my shelf and need some attention. I plan on reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – which is a long overdue read! Also, I want to get around to The Binding by Bridget Collins, because I am super keen to devour this book.

Random Tidbits

I was planning on posting my review for Master of Sorrows tomorrow, but instead decided that I would post my review of Warbreaker. This is due to Master of Sorrows release date being next week, and I thought as tribute to its launch I would upload my review on the 21st Feb when the rest of the bookish community can finally get their hands on this fabulous book!

How are you getting on with your reading goals this week? Have you gone off script? Or are you being more diligent? Let me know in the comments below.

Deck of Cards Book Tag

Again, another book tag! I was tagged on Instagram, but like last time I just like posting them here in the hopes that you can all join in!

  • Poker (most anticipated read): The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! I am so so excited for it. I love dragons so much, and its’ such a beast of a book! 800+ pages! I’m giddy!
  • War (action-packed): A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin! and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.
  • Go Fish (light and fun): Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
  • Blackjack (current read): I’ve just finished Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, like literally finished it this morning, so haven’t picked anything else up yet
  • Solitaire (next read): Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s  part of the read-a-long I’m participating in.
  • Gin (mind-blowing read):A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – I was shook reading that book, I adored it so much! And The Wicked King by Holly Black – that ending!!

Let me know your answers in the comments. I’d love to know what you think. 

Shelf Guilt

I thought today I would take time to talk about a real issue in the bookish community…Shelf Guilt!! Yes, that’s right, that horrible feeling when you glance appreciatively at your shelves and realise there is more unread books than there is read.

When you look at the handful of books that have been anxiously waiting for attention for the last six months, but your phone pings with an email to tell you that your book order should arrive soon.

Let’s be real here, if you haven’t got this issue then are you even a book hoarder? Seriously if you don’t suffer from this issue please tell me what magic you are using, lend a girl a spell, because I am straight up terrible for this. My shelves hate me! I feel the heavy and judging stares of each unread book on a daily basis, and every day I tell myself “No Steff! No more book buying!”. I’ll drop the BS and let you know here and now that this mantra doesn’t work at this point…(loud sigh of resignation).

So, today I am posting this with resignation. I’m posting in the hopes that you, fellow book-lovers, will have methods of dealing with this; ones that are better than mine, but ultimately I’m here to tell you it’s alright. Despite the guilt it is okay to buy too many books, but if like me you feel that something has to be done about it below are some recommendations to help you out.

  • TBR Jar – When you fold up pieces of paper with the name of each book you need to read, and place them in a jar. Draw out one at a time, or perhaps a handful and make that your next read/ tbr for the month.
  • Starting Buddy Reads or a Readalong – When you recruit friends who have the same book as you and and read it over a set period of time. This can be done on Goodreads, or any social media platform if you don’t have anyone close to you who actually reads. Alternatively you could join a group that is already hosting a readalong/ buddy read.
  • Make a Monthly TBR – Looking at your shelves, and prioritizing what you want to read more urgently. Do you have an ARC you need to review? Prioritize it! Do you have a book that has a sequel coming out next month? Prioritize that! Is there a book the community has blown up over and you still haven’t gotten to it? Add it! Make a list (Vary it in size depending on your reading goals) and try oh try to stick to that list. Then repeat.
  • A Mood Reader Trove – Are you a mood reader? Can’t deal with a structured TBR? Then listen up. Dedicate a space (a shelf, a basket, a pile…whatever it is) and fill it with multiple genres from your unread books. Some contemporary, some fantasy, romance, thriller, horror whatever you like. When you feel particularly in the mood for something go there first, and see if there is anything that can satisfy your needs.

I know this sounds a lot easier than it actually is for some, and so please feel free to leave your recommended coping methods below. I’d love to hear your ideas.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Review


Hello Booklovers! Time to review the beauty that is Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, as I mentioned on my tbr this is the first of many that I am trying to read this year by Robin Hobb (The plan is to read as much of her work in this world as I can).

Without further delay, let’s get to the review!

  • Title: Assassin’s Apprentice
  • Author: Robin Hobb
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Genre: Fantasy/ Epic Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 000756225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007562251
  • My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟. 5

Synopsis 

The kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and he is despised.

Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort.

To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.

My review 

☆ This is a non-spoiler review ☆

This story was slow to start, I have to admit, but that did not hinder my overall enjoyment, which is why I still rated it highly.
We follow Fitz through his many trials and tribulations as he tries to navigate life as the bastard born son of the crown prince, getting himself into some sticky situations here and there as can be imagined.

The first real thing I have to say about this book is that the writing was great. Robin Hobb really is a great writer. One who gives us simplicity and style, and doesn’t comprise on character development. I thoroughly enjoyed her world, and characters. There was plenty of action, and intrigue to keep me on the edge of my seat. There was beautifully constructed twists and turns that I personally just didn’t see coming (at least not all of them). You quickly start to cheer on Fitz, hoping he will prevail through all, and your heart is clenching during the time of tension and turmoil in this book. I honestly really enjoyed this book. As I said, it is a bit of a slow burner and that trait alone, I know, isn’t for everyone….but once you’re in there, the story unfolds and takes hold of you.

I can’t wait to read the next installment in this trilogy! Definitely recommend to those who love fantasy and intrigue.

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

I thought it would be fun, to add some Bookish Tags into my life, and hopefully by extension yours too. I was tagged for these on my Bookstagram account, which you can access at the top of my page or here > https://www.instagram.com/booksteff

I thought I would do these tags on here and invite anyone who’s interested to try them out too! I’d love to see what your responses are, and if you have any bookish tags that you think I might be interested in let me know.

Here we go! #Bookbloggerconfessionstag !

  • Which book most recently did you not finish? Sadly this was Dangerous to Know by K. T. Davies Book 1 in The Chronicles of Breed. It was a buddy read with my friend Kat over at @katsreadingcorner on instagram, and we both ended up DNFing!
  • Which book is your guilty pleasure? Hmm that’s a difficult one. I would have to say The Selection by Kiera Cass. I know it’s not great, and let’s be honest…nothing really happens, but I devoured it! Despite being a fantasy type of girl, I love a bit of cheeky drama every now and then.
  • Which book would you throw into the sea? There are a few! Fifty Shades of Gray Series by E. L. James, Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, Everless by Sara Holland, and Fury Born by Claire Legrand just to name a few – Take your pick people!
  • Which book have you read the most? Harry Potter or The Hobbit most likely as I like to do nostalgic re-reads!
  • Which book would you hate to receive as a present? Hmm, again, a difficult one! I wouldn’t hate any bookish present really, however I would perhaps be disappointed if someone bought me something I had already read and disliked.
  • Which book could you not live without? The Hobbit, or Lord of the Rings series! I just love that world so much, and couldn’t deal without it!
  • Which book made you cry the most? The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. It is a topic which is close to my heart, and was a very difficult read for me, but I would 1000% recommend it.
  • Which book cover do you hate the most? I’m really not a fan of actors/actresses/models on covers – not art but actual people. It just bothers me so much, so anything with that I guess. Also when they plaster stickers on books, gosh that annoys me! Especially the ones you can’t physically take off because they made it a part of a reprinted cover etc.

Please feel free to participate in this tag, whether it be on your own blog, or Instagram account etc. If you have done this previously or perhaps want to do it, let me know so I can check it out, and follow you!!

February TBR

Below is my predicted, and hopeful TBR for the month of February. I have to admit that whilst I do try to stick to my monthly TBR, when left without deadlines etc, I do tend to wander! Be advised this is what I want to read in this month, but perhaps I won’t achieve reading them all, and may detour for a bit. Hey, that’s what wrap ups are for!

  1. Master of Sorrows: The Silent Gods Book 1 by Justin Call
Releases 21 Feb 2019

I requested this as an ARC through NetGalley, and was approved by Orion Publishing Group, so I have to give a huge thank you to the lovely people at Orion. I have the privilege to be currently reading this before it releases towards the end of the month, and so far so good. Look out for this book in my Wrap Up

2. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I was supposed to finish this book in the month of January, but well…I didn’t. So, this is a rollover, but one that I will definitely finish. It is also part of a readalong with Elliot Brooks over at https://www.instagram.com/ebnovels/?hl=en You may be more familair with her over on her Youtube Channel – I’ll link her 2019 Readalong video if you want to check out, and join in on the Sanderson/ Sapkowski fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmjIQEChIvI

3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

This is part of my year long reading ambition to read all the Robin Hobb books. I know a lot of people start with this series and enjoy it, so I am excited!

4. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

This is part of the Witcher, and Sanderson Readalong I mentioned above.

5. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

This is just for fun, I recently read Crazy Rich Asians and really enjoyed it, so wanted to continue on with the series to see where it goes.

6. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Again part of the Readalong, but this is the Sanderson book of February…the one I was supposed to be on!

There you have it my official TBR for the month of February, hopefully I can manage it! What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments.

Reading Update #1

I thought I would take the time to do an update on what I am currently reading, so you all know where I’m at.

I am currently about a quarter of the way through Master of Sorrows by Justin Call, and really enjoying it. It has such a beautiful fantasy feel, and I just love being told background information about history, and tradition of dissent etc within my fantasy books – which this has given me so far. That being said it has not once felt like an info dump, so don’t worry if your not someone who likes that kind of thing. I won’t reveal too much about this just yet as I plan to do a full review and will, of course, include it in my wrap up.

I have just finished Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and adored it! 4.5* from me. I will be adding my review to Goodreads, but keep an eye out for my wrap up where I plan to talk more about it, and tell you all my thoughts.

And…last but by no means least, I am about a quarter of the way through Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. This one is a slow burner so far, and I keep meaning to pick it back up. It definitely has the power to peak my interests, and I am intrigued, but since my Robin Hobb read is smaller I wanted to get that finished first, and because Master of Sorrows is releasing in only 15 days! I have made that a priority.